Vicky Foxcroft MP

Member of Parliament for Lewisham Deptford

Culture, Media & Sport

I've recently had a lot of constituents getting in touch about Rupert Murdoch’s bid to buy Sky TV.

Karen Bradley, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport is set to make a decision on whether she will refer the takeover to the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) for an in-depth investigation. Many people from Lewisham Deptford were concerned Karen Bradley may make this decision during the summer recess whilst Parliament is not sitting - leaving MPs unable to properly question her verdict. 

I have written this letter to Karen Bradley on behalf of the constituents who have contacted me about this matter:
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21st Century Fox's Proposed Takeover of Sky

I've recently had a lot of constituents getting in touch about Rupert Murdoch’s bid to buy Sky TV. Karen Bradley, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport is set to... Read more

Since the election I have received a number of emails and campaign cards from members of Equity and the Musicians' Union raising concerns about the impact that Brexit may have on the creative industries.

I totally agree that the creative industries make a vital contribution to our economy and national life. I studied performing arts myself at college so this is a subject which is close to my heart.  The possible introduction of work permissions and/or visas could definitely have a detrimental impact on British performers touring and working in Europe.

The Government has said that it recognises that the UK music industry is a global leader and that it will be working closely with the industry to ensure the UK gets the best deal for British music, both in Europe and around the world. During the last Parliament, the Government also indicated that it would like free movement of all people connected with the arts to be a priority for negotiations with the EU.

I believe that the Government must adopt an approach to Brexit that protects jobs, trade and the economy and at the General Election I stood on a manifesto which committed to putting the creative sector at the centre of Brexit negotiations and our future industrial strategy. I certainly understand the serious concerns that the creative industries have about Brexit, from the potential loss of EU funding streams, to the ability of artists to travel and perform and the impact on intellectual property rights.

It is vital that we get the right deal on these issues in order to ensure our creative industries are not shackled by Brexit. I would like the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport to be represented on the Brexit cabinet committee so that the creative industries have a voice in government on the crucial decisions that will affect the Brexit negotiations.

I also hope that the Government will consider including representatives of the workforce on the Creative Industries Council.

I can assure you that I will continue to stand up for our creative sector as we negotiate our exit from the EU.

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Brexit & the Creative Industries

Since the election I have received a number of emails and campaign cards from members of Equity and the Musicians' Union raising concerns about the impact that Brexit may have...

On 15th December Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox company officially lodged its £11.7 billion bid to take full control of Sky TV. Since then I have received over 200 emails from constituents wishing to register their concerns and calling for the bid to be referred to Ofcom.
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Murdoch Bid to Take Control of Sky

On 15th December Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox company officially lodged its £11.7 billion bid to take full control of Sky TV. Since then I have received over 200 emails... Read more

Campaign group 38 Degrees recently asked its members to contact their MPs to raise their concerns about Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) in betting shops. I agree that these machines can ruin lives and that action is overdue. I have long been concerned by the large number of betting shops in the constituency, particularly on and around Deptford High Street.

Evidence suggests that FOBTs are highly addictive and that their high-speed nature makes them particularly addictive to problem gamblers. Disappointingly, in July 2015 the Government rejected proposals from over 90 local councils to reduce the maximum stake on FOBTs from £100 to £2.

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Fixed Odds Betting Terminals

Campaign group 38 Degrees recently asked its members to contact their MPs to raise their concerns about Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) in betting shops. I agree that these machines... Read more

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